Ashok Malhotra gets interim bail
A CBI court grants interim bail to DDA land scam kingpin Ashok Malhotra and one of his associate till November 22.delhi Updated: Nov 06, 2007 18:54 IST
A CBI court on Tuesday granted interim bail to DDA land scam kingpin Ashok Malhotra and one of his associate till November 22 after the investigating agency failed to justify their custody after filing of the chargesheet.
Special Judge S K Kaushik ordered the release of both the accused on furnishing a personal bond of Rs one lakh each and a surety of the like amount and directed Malhotra and A K Mishra to surrender before him on November 23.
The Court's order came as the CBI failed to justify its stand to keep the duo in judicial custody while the five other accused were not even arrested in the scam.
The court also observed that even Lal Mani, who had allegedly forged thousands of documents to grab the land meant for the rehabilitation of slum dwellers, was not arrested by the CBI.
Malhotra had been in custody for the last 90 days.
The CBI had on Monday filed chargesheets in the Dheerpur allotment case before the court.